The 7 [Legendary] Plant-Based Doctors We Think You Should Know [2023]

7 Plant Based Doctors Every Vegan Must Know

The topic of nutrition is incredibly overwhelming.

Not only is there a lot of information out there, most of the information out there is contradictory.

Some ‘experts’ may claim that carnivore diets are the way to go. Other quote on quote ‘health professionals’ may claim that the best way to nourish yourself is via a keto diet.

Listening to those ‘experts’ may land you in the hospital with cardiovascular disease, or even scurvy. [1]

Now more than ever, it’s important to have the right advisors. These people should be primarily chosen by merit alone, but the title of a ‘doctor’ is always a good start.

In this article, you’ll be introduced to the 7 legendary plant-based doctors that shapted the industry of plant-based eating. If you take a few minutes and read through this article in whole, you’ll get to know the giants of the nutrition science.

And as a result, know more than 99.99% of the population out there in regards to nutrition. Including, coincidentally, most doctors. [2]

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Doctors And Plant Based Nutrition: It’s Complicated

Before you’ll get to know the legendary doctors in a second, it’s worth asking a rather intriguing question: Why are not all doctors plant-based?

Or at least, recommend a plant-based diet and lifestyle changes?

A good question, given that plant-based diets have been shown to be the only diet capable of reversing heart disease in a clinical setting. [3]

So, shouldn’t plant-based diet be the default unless proven otherwise? An ever-growing number of plant based doctors argue convincingly that it should.

Why don’t more doctors recommend plant-based diets?

The answer to that can often be found in the amount of nutrition training doctors get. On average, they only get 20 hours over four years of medical school. [4]

While doctors are very persuasive given their inherent positions of authority, the reality is that their nutritional advice is often unsubstantiated.

Why would a doctor recommend a vegan diet?

Some doctors, often doctors that are part of the Physicians Committee Of Responsible Medicine, recommend lifestyle interventions instead of pharmaceutical ones.

As such, vegan diet (and other lifestyle changes) are often a key component.

That is, a vegan diet that is properly planned and not a junk food plant based diet. A doctor recommending a diet that is centered around whole plant based foods makes a lot of sense.

Who is the most famous vegan doctor?

While a lot of the following doctors are well-known experts in circle of medicine, I’d argue that the best-known doctor these days is Dr. Michael Greger.

His website – – is acquiring 1.6 million visitors per month (January 2023 status) – and is steadily growing. His youtube channel acquires 1.7 million views per month (January 2023) – and is too, steadily growing.

We’ll elaborate more about Michael Greger in a second, as he’s the first (and probably most highly respected) medical doctor of the following:

Meet The 7 Highly Respected Plant Based Diet Doctors

The following doctors laid the groundwork for most modern-day nutrition science. To the expert, they are all well-known. To the layperson however, most of these doctors are entirely unknown.

What a shame.

The good news though, is that you just take 5 minutes out of your day to read through the following mini-biographies of these vegan doctors – you’ll know more about nutrition than 99,99% of the general population.

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1. Dr. Michael Greger M.D.

Dr. Michael Greger is a vegan doctor, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is the author of the bestselling book “How Not to Die” and the founder of the website, the only nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that provides science-based information on nutrition and health.

What is Dr. Michael Greger’s background?

Dr. Greger is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Cardiology. He has testified before Congress and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Colbert Report.”

For a full background on Dr. Michael Greger – and recent (quite shocking) news, read this article:

What are the most popular books of Dr. Michael Greger?

  1. How Not to Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older (2023 – at the date of this writing, not yet published):
  2. How To Survive A Pandemic (2020):
  3. How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss (2019):
  4. The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease (2017):
  5. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease (2015):